How to Hook-Up an Apple TV

By Catherine Hewson

iTunes users who want to share their TV, music and movie library with high definition televisions can do so through Apple TV. The Apple TV box also enables users to view digital photos from the PC or Mac, podcasts and YouTube videos on their HDTV. Hooking up an Apple TV merely requires using the correct connection cable and connecting your Apple TV to your home network.

Things You'll Need

  • Component or HDMI cable.

Step 1

Connect your Apple TV to your HDTV with an HDMI cable. Plug one end of the HDMI cable into the back of the Apple TV box and then plug the other end of the HDMI cable into the back of the HDTV. If you are not connecting the Apple TV with an HDMI cable, proceed to Step 2.

Step 2

Connect your Apple TV to your HDTV with a component cable. Plug one end of the component cables into the back of the Apple TV and then plug the other end of the component cables into the back of the HDTV. Make sure to plug each individual cable into the correct color port on the Apple TV and HDTV. If you are not connecting the Apple TV with a component cable, skip this step.

Step 3

Connect one end of the Apple TV power cord to your Apple TV and then connect the other end of the cord into an outlet.

Step 4

Power on your TV and press the "Input" button to go to the HDMI or Component input for your Apple TV.

Step 5

Hook your Apple TV up via an Ethernet cable by connecting one end of the cable to your Apple TV and the other end of the cable to your router. If you are connecting your Apple TV wirelessly, skip this step.

Step 6

Hook your Apple TV up via your wireless network by selecting your network from the available list of networks on your Apple TV. Use the remote to enter in your wireless network password and then select "Connect."

Step 7

Open iTunes on your computer. Click the "Apple TV" icon under "Devices." Click the "Click to set up" button to get a five-digit passcode to synchronize iTunes with your Apple TV. This makes it possible to play music and movies in your iTunes library on your Apple TV.

Step 8

Enter the five-digit passcode on your Apple TV to complete the process of hooking up an Apple TV.